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Recycled Blu-ray Discs Can Help Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Recycled Blu-ray Discs Can Help Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

It looks like Blu-ray discs are good for more than just entertainment, as a new study shows they can be recycled to improve the performance of solar cells. Research published by Northwestern University in

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The Largest Solar Plant in the US is Officially Up and Running

The Largest Solar Plant in the US is Officially Up and Running

The largest solar plant in the United States is officially fully operational. The Topaz Solar project in San Luis Obispo County, California completed its final 40-megawatt phase last month, making it the

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Rayworks Design Unveils Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

Rayworks Design Unveils Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

Rayworks Design recent design submission of a regenerative walkway and public display system to the Taipei International Design Competition 2014 (TIDC 2014) has some serious potential. The walkway

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Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

Solar and wind energy have long struggled to compete with conventional energy sources on two fronts: dispatch and cost. However, new U.S. industry data outlined in the New York Times reveals the cost of

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Solar Impulse to Start Around the World Flight from Abu Dhabi Next Year

Solar Impulse to Start Around the World Flight from Abu Dhabi Next Year

The first attempt at an around the world flight powered completely by solar cells will be setting off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015, according to the team behind Solar Impulse. With a 63 meter wing span,

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Marks & Spencer Announces Plan to Install UK’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array

Marks & Spencer Announces Plan to Install UK’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array

Marks & Spencer recently announced that it will be installing the UK's largest solar roof by mid 2015 at its distribution centre at Castle Donnington. The roof array will be linked to one of

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South Africa’s New 96MW PV Plant is the Continent’s Largest Solar Power Facility

South Africa’s New 96MW PV Plant is the Continent’s Largest Solar Power Facility

South Africa is a historically coal-hungry nation, producing around 225 million tonnes of the stuff each year. But just two years ago, government leaders pledged to invest an incredible $5.4 billion in

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Solar-Powered Floating Greenhouse is an Off-Grid Solution to Food Scarcity

Solar-Powered Floating Greenhouse is an Off-Grid Solution to Food Scarcity

Designed by Studiomobile architects Antonio Girardi and Cristiana Favretto, the Jellyfish Barge is an octagonal greenhouse set atop a 750-square-foot wooden base that floats atop 96 recycled plastic

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7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

When the 13-story new Seoul City Hall was first unveiled in 2012, the curvaceous modern glass building sparked controversy for its incongruity in style with the former city hall, a preserved colonial-era

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Twinkling Solar Bike Path Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night Opens in the Netherlands

Twinkling Solar Bike Path Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night Opens in the Netherlands

At night, the path is lit by thousands of twinkling stones, creating a beautiful night sky on the ground. The path is illuminated LED lights powered by a nearby solar array that charges during the day

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Solar-Powered Photoluminescent Resin Can Light Up Highways and Helmets

Solar-Powered Photoluminescent Resin Can Light Up Highways and Helmets

UK-based company Eli Chem Resins has harnessed the luminous magic of photoluminescence to create a non-toxic, glow-in-the-dark powder that can be mixed with resin to create glowing objects of just

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INFOGRAPHIC: Could the Entire World Really Run on Solar Power?

INFOGRAPHIC: Could the Entire World Really Run on Solar Power?

It's pretty safe to say that we all know that we have to find an alternative to fossil fuels as soon as possible, and the most viable answer to the planet's energy needs is visible to us any time we look

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This Crazy Solar-Powered Cabin Looks Like a Giant Ice Cube

This Crazy Solar-Powered Cabin Looks Like a Giant Ice Cube

Atelier 8000's cubic retreat is made from laminated timber beams. Due to the home's angled position, the rooms have slanted ceilings and unusual angles. The building is clad in a combination of glass,

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VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

Artist Olafur Eliasson explores the importance of turning artistic potential into environmental action in this inspiring video created by VICE for The Creators Project. Eliasson discusses his Little Sun -

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The Netherlands Unveils the World’s First Solar Bike Path

The Netherlands Unveils the World’s First Solar Bike Path

The Netherlands has an international reputation as a bike-friendly nation; it's home to some 18 million bicycles and 21,748 miles of bike lanes. Now, an innovative project—SolaRoad—aims to make even

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France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

While Germany has spent the last few years stealing the headlines for its remarkable advances in renewable energy infrastructure, neighboring France has, up until now, remained relatively silent on the

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Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Galletly and The Bower realized early on that building a tiny house atop a 6x8 box trailer was nonviable, and so scaled back their plans to build a tiny bedroom instead. Constructed mostly from salvaged

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New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is set to become much more efficient - a team of researchers at UC San Diego just developed a new nanomaterial that could enable CSP plants to absorb and convert more than

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Mercedes Benz Unveils Hybrid Car Powered by Solar Paint

Mercedes Benz Unveils Hybrid Car Powered by Solar Paint

We've seen vehicles with solar roofs that provide an extra boost of power, but the gorgeous Mercedes Benz Vision G-Code takes energy generation to a whole new level. The secret is the car’s paint, which

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Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

Swiss non-profit tech company CSEM has developed a new type of solar panel that can be seamlessly integrated into the walls of buildings. The photovoltaic panels are available in different colors and have

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Greenheart Project: The World’s First Open Source, Solar-Powered Ship

Greenheart Project: The World’s First Open Source, Solar-Powered Ship

Greenheart is a growing social enterprise with big ideas. Design is nearly complete on Greenheart’s first innovation: a new class of sustainable, low-cost, zero-emission sail/solar-powered ship

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Solar Collectors Reduce Energy Requirements for Shenzhen’s Shimmering Performing Arts Facility

Solar Collectors Reduce Energy Requirements for Shenzhen’s Shimmering Performing Arts Facility

The Cultural Center features levels connected by a large foyer. The different levels are linked with white ribbon-like walkways. Images of Chinese theater masks greet the visitors. The building houses a

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High Schoolers Built a Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle for Just $1,500

High Schoolers Built a Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle for Just $1,500

The Endurance is a PiEV built by high schoolers for just $1,000, and was followed by a solar-powered version. In early 2013, engineering students at Rhode Island's Tiverton High School were given an

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Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels

Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels

Atelier Sacha Cotture stacked the living and bedroom areas into a three-story structure located at the farthest point from the access road. The first floor comprises the main communal areas, including the

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Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

HUB chose to build the structure out of CNC-milled wood not only for the ease of prefab construction, but also to evoke the wooden dacha country homes belonging to the client's homeland, Russia. The

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Old Cigarette Factory to Become Solar and Wind Battery Plant

Old Cigarette Factory to Become Solar and Wind Battery Plant

Normally when a massive factory closes its doors an outlet mall or giant water park pops up in its place. But one former cigarette plant in Concord, North Carolina is turning into something completely

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Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

    Although many aspects of the home are crisp and modern, there's also a strong rustic aesthetic that pays tribute to its locale. Built with rustic materials, the exposed beams and barn

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Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

The blazing Sahara sun may power homes a world away by 2018. The people behind a new $13 million project called TuNur farm propose to build a massive 100-square-kilometer solar farm in Tunisia. The farm

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MGM Installs America’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array but it Only Powers 1/5 of the Hotel

MGM Installs America’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array but it Only Powers 1/5 of the Hotel

When you think Las Vegas you might not think about sustainability, but that’s all starting to change - in a big way. MGM Resorts announced that it has installed the largest rooftop solar array in the US

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UK Building World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Solar Farm

UK Building World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Solar Farm

UK-based solar farm operator Primrose Solar is teaming up with solar company Solarcentury to build a 48 MWp solar farm on the Southwick Estate in Fareham, Portsmouth. The farm will produce enough clean

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